Stories tagged: Hanford Nuclear Reservation
THURSDAY, OCT. 30, 2014, 9:29 A.M.
Environmental groups sue over reactor
SPOKANE — Three environmental groups are suing a state agency over the impacts of the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant on the water quality of the Columbia River.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 9, 2014
Editorial: Hanford resolution a hostage of politics
Death, taxes, and more time to clean up Hanford. Those are the certainties of life in Washington, but the state is pushing back against the latest federal request for permission …
SUNDAY, AUG. 10, 2014
Nuclear lessons: Hanford tours go to heart of Cold War facility
RICHLAND – At Hanford’s B Reactor, thousands of graphite blocks towered over Ernie Doyle’s head. On a recent public tour, the 57-year-old truck driver from Hillsboro, Oregon, seized the chance …
THURSDAY, JULY 10, 2014
Cause of symptoms in workers at Hanford elusive
RICHLAND – About 12,000 air samples taken on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation this year after more than three dozen workers reported being sickened by chemical vapors have failed to find …
THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2014
‘Atomic Man’ room set for cleanup
Workers are preparing to enter one of the more dangerous rooms on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation – the site of a 1976 blast that exposed a technician, later nicknamed the …
SATURDAY, APRIL 19, 2014
Feds reject state plan for Hanford cleanup
OLYMPIA — Washington rejected the U.S. Energy Department’s latest plan for the cleanup of leaking tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The federal government, in turn, rejected the state’s counteroffer, …
TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 2014
Inslee threatens legal action on Hanford
OLYMPIA – Northwest residents need more than vague plans and missed deadlines for the cleanup of nuclear waste at Hanford, Gov. Jay Inslee said Monday. If the federal government doesn’t …
TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 2014
Federal Hanford cleanup plan falls short, Gov. Jay Inslee says
OLYMPIA – The federal government’s latest plan to clean up nuclear waste at Hanford is short on details and the state is considering its options to force a better one, …
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2014
Hanford contractors decline to comment on whistleblowers
WASHINGTON – Contractors handling the cleanup and redevelopment of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation wouldn’t answer questions from lawmakers on Tuesday about whether two employees were fired for raising safety concerns. …
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 2014
Hanford cleanup money cut back in Obama budget plan
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has proposed cutting $67 million from efforts to clean up the Hanford nuclear waste site, drawing the ire of lawmakers from both sides of the …
THURSDAY, DEC. 12, 2013
Hanford 300 Area cleanup plan released
The U.S. Department of Energy on Wednesday issued its final cleanup plan for the 300 Area of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, which for decades made plutonium for nuclear weapons and …
THURSDAY, OCT. 10, 2013
Oregon Sen. Wyden wants Hanford whistle-blower answers
Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden on Wednesday demanded to know why a Hanford Nuclear Reservation whistle-blower has lost his job. Walter Tamosaitis last week was laid off by URS Corp. after …
THURSDAY, OCT. 10, 2013
More Hanford cleanup delays, agency warns
The U.S. Department of Energy is proposing more delays in the cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation’s most-polluted nuclear site, the agency said Wednesday. The Energy Department issued …
THURSDAY, OCT. 3, 2013, 7:42 A.M.
6 Hanford workers go to hospital as precaution
RICHLAND — Six Hanford workers were taken to a Richland hospital Wednesday as a precaution after an unknown liquid spilled on some of them as they were dismantling piping in …
TUESDAY, AUG. 13, 2013, 1:46 P.M.
Court orders work to continue on Yucca repository
The federal government must resume work on a repository in Nevada that would take the high-level nuclear waste from Hanford, a federal court said today.
SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2013
Inslee: Speed up Hanford cleanup
Gov. Jay Inslee called for the federal government to speed up plans to clean up nuclear waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation after reports that highly radioactive liquid may have …
UPDATED: FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 2013, 12:26 P.M.
Double-walled tank at Hanford may be leaking
An underground tank holding some of the worst radioactive waste at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site might be leaking into the soil.
THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2013
Ten managers indicted in Hanford timecard scheme
RICHLAND – A federal grand jury has indicted 10 current or former managers and supervisors for a contractor at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site, accusing them of enabling timecard …
THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2013
Hanford contractor CH2M Hill to pay $18.5 million for fraud
Federal prosecutors announced Wednesday a deal to have the world’s largest engineering firm, CH2M Hill, pay $18.5 million to resolve criminal and civil violations arising from a scheme to overbill …
THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2013
Hanford waste may move
RICHLAND – Federal officials are looking to ship some 3 million gallons of radioactive waste from Washington state to New Mexico, giving the government more flexibility to deal with leaking …
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 2013, 9:59 A.M.
Budget cuts threaten work at leaking nuke tanks
RICHLAND, Wash. — Washington’s governor prepared to travel to the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site to learn more about leaking radioactive waste tanks there today, a day after federal officials …
SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 2013
Spin Control: Explaining Hanford takes pivot to hoops
OLYMPIA – As most of official Olympia stared at their computers Thursday morning awaiting the state Supremes’ decision on tax supermajorities, a handful of legislators got a briefing on something …
FRIDAY, FEB. 22, 2013, 2:50 P.M.
Inslee: Six nuke-waste tanks leaking at Hanford
YAKIMA — Six underground radioactive waste tanks at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site are leaking, Gov. Jay Inslee said today.
SUNDAY, JAN. 20, 2013
Report rips Hanford work
RICHLAND – A strongly worded new report from a congressional watchdog agency questions whether an often-delayed and increasingly expensive waste treatment plant at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site can …
THURSDAY, NOV. 22, 2012, 3:03 P.M.
Hanford documents show possible safety violations
An investigation by the U.S. Energy Department has found that San Francisco engineering firm Bechtel may have committed a wide range of safety and health violations at a plant it …
SUNDAY, OCT. 9, 2011
Groups: Hanford study underpredicted levels
A $27 million government study to estimate radiation doses received by the public from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s weapons factories is being called into question by other scientific organizations and …
WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2011, 12:59 P.M.
Hanford nuclear plant shut down for refueling
RICHLAND – Workers at the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant are nearly midway through the longest refueling outage in the 26-year history of the plant, which has come under …
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 15, 2010
Deputies say deaths may be suicides
The Chattaroy couple found dead in a trailer home Friday tried to commit suicide in mid-October by overdosing on medication, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Dave Reagan said. The …
SUNDAY, NOV. 28, 2010
Heavy security part of Hanford plant’s past
HANFORD, Wash. – The Plutonium Finishing Plant at Hanford has lost much of its sinister look. Metal detectors, razor wire, guns and dogs have become part of its past.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 17, 2010, 2:13 P.M.
Workers find more radioactivity at Hanford site
Workers cleaning up the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site have discovered an area of soil so radioactive it exceeds lethal limits tenfold, the U.S. Department of Energy announced today with …